January 16th, 2009
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  1. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Wow, Gary Tuchman never ceases to amaze me! Goes from interviewing the children from the FLDS to simulating a flight into a river!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo David Gergen....
    I agree with you too!!!! That is so humble to him! He is our hero the year!!! That is so awesome miracle!!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  3. siobhan

    It was reported earlier that the jet that crashed in the Hudson, was a 60 passenger aircraft, how come there were 155 people on board?

    January 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Susan, NY

    The Pilot of the plane is definitely a hero but why doesn't the media mention the co-pilot? He must have had a hand in assisting the pilot.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Wayne from Fullerton, CA

    America needs something to cheer about big time! Obama would be a fool not to introduce the crew and pilots of this plane crash at the inauguration. The crowd would go nuts!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Tag Jackson

    I just have a question how would people like me (disabled i use crutches to walk) get out of a plane that crashes.

    Tag Jackson

    January 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  7. John

    Re: Hudson Miracle. An unsung hero is the aircraft itself – and the designers and builders. Survivability was builtin by design. Congrats to Airbus for this one. And to Boeing for past successes. Tx John

    January 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Sherri, Somerset MA

    Sully really is a hero.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  9. Michael Kihn

    This plane's pilot is a true American Hero
    Thank God for the skills the he gave him

    January 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  10. Michael Marcus

    With all the tourists in New York City at any given moment, I am surprise that no one was able to take videos of the plane as it landed on the Hudson....

    January 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  11. barbara haworth

    Can anyone tell me anything about the co-pilot? You know the ole' saying, "Behind every great pilot is a great co-pilot"!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  12. kevin stratford nj

    do you think the out come would have been different had the pilot not been glider certified

    January 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Personally, I don't think the AC360 floor crew gets enough credit. 🙂

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Michael Marcus

    When the tug boats and the Circle Line boats came to the rescue, were there passengers and tourists onboard?

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    You're welcome Vincent!!!! 🙂 😉

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  16. ed mcfarland

    re: the pilot of the a320.
    pay attention to him. he doesnt consider himself a hero. he calls himself a PILOT. one hell of a pilot. he has trained and probably practiced this in his mind for 30 years and the worst came true.
    there are guys and gals that fliy aircraft every day and there are PILOTS. god bless the pilots and to bad we dont have more like him.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Michael Marcus

    As I look at pictures of the passengers on the wings of the jet, I realize that very few have flotation vests or flotation cushions. How come?

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Al from NJ

    I know that Captain Sullenberger has received great praise for a fine job, but what about the Co-Pilot. He deserves as much praise and recognition as Captain Sullenberger.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Andrea, Boise, ID

    Sully is a hero. He not only saved 155 lives, but lives of others in New York and New Jersey. Landing where he did was definitely commendable quick thinking. The co-pilot and crew should be commended as well.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Robert Davis

    The pilot is a COMPLETE HERO – no doubt about it, but why are we not hearing anything about the co-pilot?

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Ralph

    I was just wondering why the First Officer hasn't been mentioned. It takes 2 to land a plane, let alone in an emergency situation. He/She should get some credit also.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Jane Young, Windsor, CA

    If Sully could land the plane, think he could safely land our economic disaster??? Perhaps HE should be Secretary of the Treasury.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  23. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - What a lift the "miracle on the Hudson" has given us! Even helped to put an extra shine on this inaugural weekend. I hope Obama has the pilot in his presidential box at the parade.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Rikki and Bridget....
    I think you're right both of you.... maybe we will interview the pilot Chelsey Sallenberger....

    January 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  25. David, Indiana

    Hi Soledad, Erica, everyone. I kind of thought it was tricky for those boats to get close to the plane, I'm glad David Mattingly looked into that. C.B. Chesley Sullenburger is a hero, that landing is a blessing. I think the passengers kudos and thanks are very moving.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Sgt. Mike

    Soledad, Larry King asked if not "hero" what do we call him? You call him Captain. There are pilots and there are aviators, the Captain is an aviator. Luck is when preperation and oppurnity come together. It came together of the Hudson. You can not run out of luck and ideas at the same time, the Captain knew this. Just retired from the LAPD after 35 years, I know he would be uncomfortable with "hero."

    January 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  27. AJ

    Hey there Soledad.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  28. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hello bloggers! Nice to see Soledad anchoring tonight! Can't wait for Floor Crew Friday webcasts !!!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  29. Judy

    The landing must have been terrifying for the passengers and crew. The pilot and crew deserve the highest honour, as well as those involved in the rescue, including passengers who helped keep those around them calm. The photo of those passengers standing out on the wing in waist-deep frigid waters is unique – it sends shivers down my spine everytime I see it on the news. Given the current and turbulance of the water, how on earth did they manage to keep their balance on the wings until rescued and not fall into the Hudson?

    Ottawa, Canada

    January 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  30. Heidi Ann Berg

    These are the kinda story's that make you like to watch news

    January 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  31. vincent

    Megan, good point, thanks

    January 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  32. Janine from PA.

    Good evening Ms. Hill and the 360 crew;
    Will Captain Sullenberger be invited to the inaguation? Maybe the entire crew or the ones who are not too injured to go? Would bring more inspiration to an inspirational event. And we truly need that in these times.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Bridget, Cypress, Tx

    I loved John Kings interview with PE Obama, can't wait to watch the entire interview. The girls sounds so natural and down to earth. I hope Obama is right and the media will respect his childrens privacy.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  34. LisaL -Canada

    Unfortunately, many of the people in the plane may now be traumatized by this incident. it's a statement of empathy. i certainly hope that they are not. i had a similar experience in a vehicle (not nearly as traumatic, but still life-changing).

    the psychologist who was on the show last night was inspiring in her statements about about expressing hope that the passengers would find it to be a positive life-changing experience. unfortunately, that will probably not be the case for many. and i feel for them. especially with all of the other factors society has to deal with right now.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  35. Deena

    Greetings Solidad and Erica.... nice to have good news upon good news. Sully and Obama's interview with John King...

    January 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I agree Bridget! Sully is a hero but I think we are forgetting that he had a co-pilot and an entire crew that were there too and played a part in getting everybody off that plane.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  37. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    Evening to all!
    Im happy to be here!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Maybe it is not sink just float one of engine damaged by birds, I am sure.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  39. Bridget, Cypress, Tx

    Soledad, why aren't you guys discussing the co-pilot?

    January 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good Evening Soledad and Bloggers! Happy Floor-Crew Friday!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  41. vincent

    TGIF to Solidad, crew and the most informative and fun bloggers. lots of questions answered about the plane, why it didn't sink, etc. still a real feel good story.

    Looking forward to the next four days and CNN's coverage, i still can't believe it's all happening finally. It should be a great show.

    Loved John Kings interview with Obama, especially his childrens' comments

    January 16, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson Cooper is right now in Washington D.C. you will see him tomorrow

    January 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Is everybody ready for the inauguration Tuesday? I am really envious and wish I were there.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm |

    Good to see you soledad ! always great work ! but Im wondering where is our anderson cooper?

    January 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with you...... Paolo

    January 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Bridget, Cypress, Tx

    Hello Soledad, Erica and my fella bloggers, happy Friday. I'm so excited about the coming weeks.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Good evening all. Happy Friday.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Paolo

    Nice to see you Soledad! It was indeed a Miracle on the Hudson. The pilot was no doubt a hero.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  49. lee

    Great to see you tonight, Soledad.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Erica, Soledad and Best bloggers!!!
    That's so awesome guy named Chesley Sullenberger is my hero and he was saving all 155 passengers when birds strike one of engine going to low and smoothing in the water Hudson River... I arrived from work, I turned on my TV and watch breaking news on CNN plane crashed into cold water....... and Happy Friday night!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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